Following on from a pilgrimage walk around Oxford Archdeaconry in 2018 and Berkshire Archdeaconry in 2019, Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, is walking and cycling across the three deaneries of north Buckingham Archdeaconry – Buckingham, Newport and Milton Keynes – over five days at the beginning of September. Like many things, the pilgrimage was originally planned for 2020 but had to be moved on a year. 

Bishop Steven writes;

I’m beginning my sixth year as Bishop of Oxford by walking and praying across the three deaneries of Buckingham, Newport and Milton Keynes, ahead of plans to spend time in every deanery over the winter and spring. You are very welcome to join me on this pilgrimage, in spirit or in person. The pilgrimage sets off on 31 August in Buckingham Deanery, followed by Newport on 1 September and then 2, 3 and 5 September in Milton Keynes (please note, cycling rather than walking on Thursday 2 Sept).
 
I will be praying in each of the 31 churches we visit for the renewal of our life and ministry, and especially for the renewal of the ministry of teaching the faith to new Christians. I will be praying for the renewal of the life of our nation as we come to terms with all that is happening through the pandemic. I will be listening to God as I walk, and to ordinary (but extraordinary) church life across these three deaneries.
 
The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford    

Bishop Steven welcomes you to join him for part of the journey.
 
Whether you walk with Bishop Steven for a few minutes or the whole day, or simply want to meet him and pray with him at one of the churches en route, all are welcome.
 
All you need is a packed lunch, appropriate walking attire and a heart for prayer. For route information and practical details, and to let us know you’ll be joining us, click here – Join +Steven for part of the journey  

There will also be three events happening in Milton Keynes during the week:

MK Living Mission – An opportunity to bring our joys, challenges, passions, reflections and questions about the life and mission of the church through and beyond the pandemic. Wednesday 1 September 2021, 7.30pm, at the Church of the Servant King, Dulverton Drive, Furzton, MK4 1NA. Please email Ann on missionpartnership@talktalk.net to book a place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are limited to 100 in the church – first come, first served!

Together in the Climate CrisisThursday 2 September, 7.30pm – details available soon

A service of Thanksgiving and RenewalSunday 5 September, 3pm, at Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes. Together with our ecumenical partners, you are warmly invited to join us as we gather to give thanks, to reflect and to look forward.

We hope to see you soon!